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Let’s get right into it: It’s astrology time, folks.

THE BASICS

So, the general situ on this zodiac shiz is that there’s 12 star signs in Western astrology and they’re based on 12 eclipse points on the Zodiac Belt, AKA the plane on which the sun travels in a circle each year. Depending on the sun’s position on this belt, different constellations can be visible, and their nuanced “celestial radiations” supposedly affect the Earth thus our temperaments. So this is how horoscopes came about and is why the 12 star signs have associated personal qualities: because of the ever-changing planetary configurations and their varying celestial energies. It’s also why you might hear in late June, “Ugh, Cancer season… Shit’s about to get emosh.” Or perhaps in late October, you’ll hear, “Fark, everyone’s so intense!!” Because it’s Scorpio season.

It takes approx. 30 days for the sun to move on its merry way to the next star sign phase, but knowing which zodiac phase we’re in gets confusing because the sun’s Zodiac Belt transit doesn’t line up with our traditional Gregorian calendar. A good rule of thumb is that it’s generally the early 20-something of the month that a new star sign gets the spotlight. So, around the 22nd/23rd of May, for example, it’ll move from Taurus season to Gemini. What’s this all mean for you? Well…

THE STAR SIGN PERSONALITIES

As I mentioned the star signs have personality traits connected with them. But, these zodiac characteristics are only pretty true because there are three sub-types of each star sign. “Whaaaaa?” Yeah. I was totes shocked, too. Each month has three decans, or 10-day periods, into which these sub-types fall. This explains why you could know two Leos that are, by and large, fairly similar when compared to a Taurus, say, but the two Leos are fairly different when compared to each other.

Also you need to factor in a person’s natal chart (a chart that plots out the exact planetary configurations at the time of your birth) to really get an accurate personality analysis. Nevertheless for a quick indication of someone’s character and their value system, star signs are especially handy. Why? You can use this understanding of what fundamentally drives someone to work in your favor; you can learn how to manipulate the situation and hopefully, achieve the outcome you wanted.

Sure, a skeptic would say that all of this astrology hoo-ha is baloney and that people’s personalities are dictated by a hearty mixture of nature and nurture. They would be correct. But there’s also a little too much coincidence (and not in the Baader-Meinhof sense) between the general traits affiliated with particular star signs. Plus it’s just fun! Who cares if astrology’s legit, who cares if it’s all a bunch of crap. You know what star signs and astrology are? Fun. Read about yours!

THE STAR SIGNS DECODED

ARIES

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When: March 21-April 19
What: The ram
Who: A guns-blazing, no-bullshit, let’s-fucking-do-this, kinda boss bitch who doesn’t wait for, want, or need your approval.
Ruling planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Kindred signs: Leo, Sagittarius

+ Driven
+ Fearless
+ Naive

Hedonistic
Bossy
Reckless

TAURUS

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When: April 20-May 20
What: The bull
Who: You can catch this B working her ass of to create a secure future, usually living a bourgeois life on a budget.
Ruling planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Kindred signs: Virgo, Capricorn

+ Organized
+ Romantic
+ Diligent

Lazy
Passive
Snobby

GEMINI

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When: May 21-June 20
What: The twins
Who: These chatty Cathys know how to spin are yarn with anyone, about anything, and their fast mouths and quick minds get them into as much trouble as they create opportunities.
Ruling planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Kindred signs: Libra, Aquarius

+ Communicative
+ Resourceful
+ Quick-witted

Flighty
Easily distracted
Unreliable

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CANCER

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When: June 21-July 22
What: The crab
Who: The home-loving, super-nurturing water baby who believes the best in people but will stab ya if you double cross them.
Ruling planet: The moon
Element: Water
Kindred signs: Scorpio, Pisces

+ Compassionate
+ Creative
+ Romantic

Overemotional
Hypersensitive
Holds a grudge

LEO

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When: July 23-August 22
What: The lion
Who: This king of the jungle marches to the beat of her own drum, wears her heart on her sleeve, and doesn’t take shit from anyone because she’s protecting the tender, little lion cub inside.
Ruling planet: The sun
Element: Fire
Kindred signs: Sagittarius, Aries

+ Passionate
+ Charming
+ Funny

Egoistic
Stubborn
Showy

VIRGO

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When: August 23-September 22
What: The virgin
Who: “Keep calm and carry on” is this hard-working glamorpuss’s M.O.. She’ll bend over backwards to get it done, and she’ll do it without a hair out of place.
Ruling planet: Mercury
Element: Earth
Kindred signs: Capricorn, Taurus

+ Practical
+ Polished
+ Humble

Hypercritical
Uptight
Preachy



LIBRA

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When: September 23-October 22
What: The scales
Who: If ever there were a hopeless romantic it would be this strong-willed, eloquent traditionalist who knows just how to prove a point and put you under her spell.
Ruling planet: Venus
Element: Air
Kindred signs: Aquarius, Gemini

+ Beguiling
+ Diplomatic
+ Sharp

Indecisive
Judgemental
Insincere

SCORPIO

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When: October 23-November 21
What: The scorpion
Who: Few can resist the fiercely seductive and powerful Scorpio. She’ll woo you with her intense gaze and childish innocence, but heaven help the poor soul who gets in the way of this Medusa.
Ruling planet: Pluto
Element: Water
Kindred signs: Pisces, Cancer

+ Direct
+ Alluring
+ Powerful

Manipulative
Obsessive
Possessive

SAGITTARIUS

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When: November 22-December 21
What: The archer
Who: Dear Sagi’s bark is worse than their bite. Seekers of the truth (and experiences), they’ll put their foot it in it more times they can count, but their intentions are pure and their awkwardness, endearing.
Ruling planet: Jupiter
Element: Fire
Kindred signs: Aries, Leo

+ Outspoken
+ Adventurous
+ Energetic

Brusque
Argumentative
Rash

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CAPRICORN

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When: December 22-January 19
What: The goat
Who: This ultra sleek chick has a head on her shoulders and her pedicured feet on the ground. Sure, she’s expensive taste, but she’ll damn well do the work to earn her trinkets.
Ruling planet: Saturn
Element: Earth
Kindred signs: Taurus, Virgo

+ Industrious
+ Tenacious
+ Impeccable taste

Insecure
Money-grubbing
Depressive

AQUARIUS

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When: The water bearer
What: January 20-February 18
Who: The most progressive of all the signs, the quirky, whip-smart Aquarius isn’t afraid to question the status quo or consider “outlandish” ideas. In fact, the more unusual, the better.
Ruling planet: Uranus
Element: Air
Kindred signs: Gemini, Libra

+ Open-minded
+ Inquisitive
+ Eccentric

Extremist
Masochistic
Self-isolating

PISCES

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When: The fish
What: February 19-March 20
Who: Don’t be fooled by peacemaker Pisces’s dreamy energy; she’s a business powerhouse thanks to her innate personability and knack for creative strategies.
Ruling planet: Neptune
Element: Water
Kindred signs: Cancer, Scorpio

+ Idealistic
+ Wise
+ Sympathetic

Impressionable
Flaky
Self-pitying

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